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Out Of Bounds Collage Using Pre-extracted Objects

Out Of Bounds Collage GIMP (Pre-extracted Objects)

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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a surreal Out Of Bounds Collage using Pre-extracted Objects. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Images I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace.

Out Of Bounds Framing Using The Eraser Tool

Surreal out of bounds framing can can be created very quickly using pre-extracted objects, as demonstrated in this tutorial. Before starting such a project, you must first decide which pre-extracted you would like to work with. With this type of surrealism, you are looking to position single, or multiple objects, so they appear to be protruding out of a Picture Frame, in a surreal manner. 

Inspiration Tip
To view other peoples’ Out Of Bounds ideas, and to find inspiration, (if needed), type Out Of Bounds into a search engine, then click Images.

You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu, choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.

Resize Images
Understand Layers
Extract Objects From Their Backgrounds
Convert An Image Into A Seamless Pattern
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes

Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).

1/ Save The Seamless Grass Pattern To GIMP’s Patterns Folder
Now, open the Seamless Grass Pattern Image, (File and then Open); and save it to GIMP’s Patterns Folder
as demonstrated in my tutorial here.

Then Close the Seamless Grass Pattern Image, (File and then Close); and launch GIMP.

To open the pre-extracted Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace: from Gimp’s top menu, choose File then Open - Ctrl then O. Now, from the Open Image dialogue box, navigate to the folder where your Start Images reside, then Ctrl-click to highlight all files - and then click Open. (Don’t open the Seamless Grass Pattern).

Pre-extracted Objects Note
Link Here to learn how to extract objects from their backgrounds.

Now, create a New Transparent Image - (File then New) that is large enough to accommodate your Extracted Frame and other objects. And then click OK

I am selecting the following Width and Height dimensions,

Then Maximise the New Transparent Image by clicking the Image’s Top Right Maximise tab - as illustrated below.

I am using Windows XP, and my Transparent GIMP Images are neatly tabbed together - as illustrated below. Each image can be opened by clicking its tab.

Now, activate the Red Frame Image, and from its top menu, choose Edit then choose Copy. Then activate the New Transparent Image, and from its top menu, choose Edit then choose Paste As and then choose New Layer

(After it has been pasted onto the Transparent Image, it’s safe to Close the original Red Frame Image).


It’s a good idea to save your image
as a XCF File.

Now, activate the Move Tool, and drag the Red Frame to a central position .

Then activate the Fuzzy Select Tool. (
Fuzzy Select Tool For Beginners).

And enter the following default settings into the Options Box.

Now, (still working on the Frame Layer (Clipboard Layer): left-click inside the Red Frame to isolate it with a Selection Marquee - as illustrated below


Then from the Toolbox, activate the Bucket Fill Tool.

And set the following Pattern Fill settings into the Options Box. Then navigate to and activate the Grass Pattern you saved at the beginning of this tutorial. Alternatively, select a Pattern or Solid Fill of your choice.


Now, still working on the Red Frame Layer, left-click over the Frame’s Selected Area. This fills it with your choice of fill - as illustrated below.

From the top menu, choose Select and then choose None.

Now, Copy and then Paste (as New Layers) the remaining extracted objects onto the Red Frame Image. And after the remaining objects have been safely Pasted onto the Frame Image, close the original images down. 

All of your extracted objects should now reside on the same Transparent Image - as illustrated below.

And your Layers Palette will now resemble the following.

It’s a good idea to save your image
as a XCF File.

Scale And Move Tool Tutorial
Now, working with both the Move Tool, and the Scale Tool, Resize and Reposition the extricated objects to form an out of bounds effect. 

When repositioning the images using the Move Tool, you may find it easier if you mark the following Move the active layer tab.


Layers Note
(Understand Layers Tutorial For Beginners).
Before repositioning each object, you will find it easier if you activate each image’s corresponding Layer in the Layers Palette. In addition, to create the illusion that an object, (for example the Grass 2 Image), is in front of the Gazelle, drag the Grass 2 Image’s Layer above the Gazelle Image’s Layer.

You can tap the active object into position pixel by pixel by tapping the corresponding Keyboard Arrow Keys.

Sharpen Tip
After you have Resized an object, it will benefit from applying a Sharpening Filter to it - top menu, then Filters then Enhance then Unsharp Mask.

Sharpen Images Tutorial

After you have Resized and Repositioned each object to form your out of bounds effect, you are ready for the next step.

Eraser Tool Tip
(Eraser Tool For Beginners)
If you like, you can erase part of the Gazelle’s front legs, so the Gazelle appears to be stepping into the frame using, the Eraser Tool.



You can quickly change the Brush’s Scale (Size) by tapping your Keyboard’s Square Bracket Keys.

Drop Shadow Tip
To apply a Drop Shadow, from the top menu, choose Light and Shadow and then choose Drop Shadow. From the subsequent Drop Shadow dialogue box, apply settings of your choice, and then click OK.

It’s a good idea to save your image
as a XCF File.

Now, from the top menu, choose Image then choose Merge Visible Layers.


Congratulations, you have created your Out of Bounds Collage, and it is ready to utilise
and save.

Transparent GIF Tip
Link Here to learn how to save your Transparent Image as a Transparent GIF.

Fill Layer Tip
Tutorial Here demonstrates how to create a Fill Layer and Fill it with either a Solid Colour, Pattern or a Gradient.


Now you are more familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun creating surreal Out of Bounds effects using Pre-extracted Objects.

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